Coffee maker comparison: Cuisinart vs. Tassimo
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DealFinder knows that when you buy a product, you care about getting your money’s worth.
Coffee makers are no exception. That’s why we pitted two popular manufacturers – one from Cuisinart and one from Tassimo – one-on-one. Check out our side-by-side comparison to determine which brand is right for your taste (and budget).
NerdWallet takes you shopping: Unlike other popular single serve models, this Cuisinart coffee maker can brew up to 12 cups at a time, a particularly useful feature for entertaining. Or, if you’re brewing for fewer people, the product includes a 1-4 cup setting for those who want a smaller batch.
This moderately priced $ 79.75 model brews coffee grounds, eliminating the need to purchase potentially expensive coffee pods, but it could also limit the number of flavors and types of specialty coffee that you will be able to prepare.
Flavor aside, the 24-hour advance brew start and self-cleaning features of this machine make it an attractive choice for those who value convenience.
Good fit for: Families full of coffee drinkers
Tassimo by Bosch
- Price: $ 123.99
- Model: Tassimo Hot Beverage System TAS5542UC
- Portion: Individual service
- Infusions: Coffee, cappuccino, latte, hot chocolate, tea and more with T Discs (sold separately)
- Equipment: Plastic
- Characteristics: Instant heat, height adjustment, removable cup holder, noise reduction system, barcode system scanning T Discs
NerdWallet takes you shopping: Priced at $ 123.99, this Tassimo coffee maker costs almost $ 45 more than the previous Cuisinart model. So what explains this price difference? What the Tassimo lacks in serving size – it can only brew one cup at a time – it makes up for in variety.
It can make regular coffee, cappuccino, and pretty much anything. The small kitchen appliance uses a barcode system to read Tassimo Discs (“T Discs”) coffee pods.
While these prepackaged pods offer a wide variety of flavors, they are brand specific and must be purchased separately. For example, a 16-pack Coffee Blend T-Disc from Maxwell House Cafe Collection House Blend costs $ 7.99.
Good fit for: Starbucks drinkers who prefer to make their own drinks at home
Which coffee maker should you buy?
So who won this series of clashes with the coffee makers? It depends on whether you prefer larger batches of ground coffee or smaller servings of specialty flavors.
When choosing between the Cuisinart, the Tassimo and possibly other coffee makers, don’t forget to take a look at our Coffee maker buying guide. This will help you determine which components of coffee are most interesting to you when creating your perfect cup.
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